November 19, 2013
The song writing process is very much an art, and there is practically no definite formula for making a song, or even a good one at that. Artists tend to be creative people, so there is a lot of information that can easily be transcribed from thoughts to words, but even the most creative people run dry of ideas for a new song. It pays to collaborate in serious ways. Many song writers have a team of co-writers that work alongside of them. Their job is to function as sort of a hive mind that can help spur new thoughts for a tired thinker. The mere act of working together makes it easy to create new ideas.
Not every song will be a hit, and most of what an artist creates will never been deemed popular. Once you fail a few times, you best option is to simply try again. …
June 8, 2013
Let’s take a look at the song writing process and break it down into baby steps. At the start of any song there is the initial thought or idea. This idea can be known before hand or it can be created from noodling with samples into a catchy phrase is found. After the basic ideas are laid out, the next step is to being molding this hunk of clay into something relatable. Think of this step as taking the basic sounds and instruments you want to create a dirty version of the song. The third step should be the final process where all of the nit picking is done. This is where you fine tune each instrument and work with audio settings such as panning and compression.
This is not the only way to build a song, but it is the most reasonable. Trying to create it from start to …
May 6, 2013
Producers suffer from a multitude of problems that many will never know or hear about, since, who wants to hear about it anyways? Nobody likes to hear about how long a producer spent on a single drum beat, or how difficult and annoying it was to get a sample to sound just right. Or, maybe they do. Maybe a producer needs to succeed by hearing how others have failed. We all have reasons that stop us from reach our fullest potential – and it all stems from the seed of self doubt that has been planted inside of us from birth.
Any type of creator knows what it is like to hit a block. It feels like the well of creativity is no longer flowing and that any ideas created from then on need to somehow be external in nature. The worst of all is the feeling that there is …
March 30, 2013
We often hear of the term “writer’s block”, and even though that seems very specific and explicit – the term can apply to just about anybody working in a creative field. Writer’s block is not an external force and it doesn’t mean that the creative juices have ceased to exist – it means that the writer has mentally caused themselves to stop producing. The key point here is that this is something that is brought on internally. Once the writer figures this out, they can go back to being productive and know that it was all just an imaginary phase. Musicians have this problem too and it has to do with the idea of success.
Whenever we start a new task or a new project we are already creating a mental picture of what it should turn out like. This mental picture is a creation of our minds, based on …
December 2, 2011
If you’re a “Creative Type” then this post is right up your alley. If you’re a “music elitist” then please feel free to include your five favorite songs that inspire you in the comments section below before you deride me for my programming skills. I am a video editor, that means that for most of my day I sit in a chair staring at an array of light emitting diodes incessantly clicking or waiting on file transfers. My office decor walks the line between “Spartan” and “Brechtian” decorating styles thus, at times inspiration can be a bit hard to come by. In order to shake the monotony of grey walls and gently strobing fluorescent bulbs I turn to music to provide me with the visceral escape I need to clear my head and help me organize my thoughts and concepts for upcoming videos. Here are 5 of my favorite tracks that help me get the creative juices …